The mighty shoe has been called the carriage to the foot, a fashion-forward receptacle of phalanges, and the durable bread between our butter heels and bacon sidewalk. Dress up walkers with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of foldable flip-flops from Flexflop.
Educated at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Stacey Kirsch knew a fashion emergency when she spotted one and set out to offer tired tootsies some cushy relief with Flexflops, a line of compact, versatile thong sandals. Featured in Self and People magazines, the limber sandals fold into an accompanying mini pouch, which is easily tucked inside even the daintiest handbag.
The back-up footwear ($17.50–$25) promises to improve the love-hate relationship between style mavens and their stilettos, or brides and their maids. Rhinestone-encrusted flops can be custom ordered in a rainbow of colors to match tulle and taffeta alike. The bride-to-be herself might opt for the white wedding edition ($20). If her shoes start pinching, Flexflops can step in to create a first-dance memory that is pleasant, not painful. The stylish sandals are also handy for preventing smudges post-pedicure, for packing light during travel, and for fending off territorial beach squirrels.